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So, this is my first build. I've been saving up for this PC for a while, and the time to build it has come. This isn't exactly a budget build, nor a gaming build so I'm going to try my best to give an explanation for this crazy list of parts.

Rationale CPU: I chose the Xeon mainly because it was a quad core processor with hyper threading at a relatively low price. Motherboard: I'm sorry. I probably should've gone with a way cheaper board on something like the H97 chipset. I mainly got it because it was pretty cheap with a mail-in-rebate. Also, I didn't want to risk screwing something up by painting a cheaper motherboard white (yes, It's an aesthetics-based build). CPU Cooler: There isn't any because you don't overclock Xeons (I'll see about that). Memory: It's fast and the $2 difference between white and black was worth it considering the price of some special spray paint that doesn't screw up the heat dissipation of the heat sink (I don't even think that it comes in white). Storage: SSD and HDD combo. I had considered adding an extra $15 for a 2TB HDD of the Seagate variety, but I decided not to, mainly because of reliability and the fact that I generally don't even use that much storage. Video Card: 750ti and looks like it'll be fun overclocking. I'm not really a big fan of the aggressive shroud, though. Case: I probably could've gone for a slightly better option, but the Phantom 240 is really unique and I just love it. Power Supply: I hope it doesn't explode. Was cheap with a mail-in-rebate. I still cringe whenever I look at the cables on the 24-pin connector. Nothing that a little bit of electrical tape can't fix.

So, in end, my build was an aesthetics-based workstation that can also game. I chose this combination of parts so that I would have a powerful PC to take on whatever I throw at it. And trust me, I'm going to do a lot.

My log is mostly rationale, but I'll include a bit from the building process. My experienced friend came over to help. We built the PC and it worked and all, but he had left horrible cable management. It was so bad, that I spent the rest of the night fixing it, and now it looks so much better.

We had a few challenges, though. Firstly, we didn't screw all of the standoffs tight enough. This was because our screwdriver wasn't the best, so we opted for a Flathead. We also ended up of having two motherboard screws from the case that had their coating stuck together, rendering both useless. This wasn't much of a problem, but a small disappointment from NZXT. Please remind me to ask NZXT for a couple more screws later. In my opinion, the largest hurdle was when I used an encrypted flash drive for the installer for Windows (I don't have an optical drive, so I had to do most things via USB). We quickly identified this problem, but the only normal drive we had was some crappy old Sandisk. With about 95% of the media creation process through, the drive stopped working and we had to start over. Again. It worked the second time, but was still a pain.

Even with these challenges, I found the building process to be very fun and I can't wait to build another PC again. I am very proud of the end result, and I'll make sure to attach a few photos for you to see. Feedback is much appreciated.

EDIT: Sorry that I don't have the best photos attached. I'll get better ones as soon as possible. EDIT: I've tried to fix some badly colored cables and I've taken the sticker off the CPU heat sink. To be honest, it looks even worse, so I'll have to think of a solution for that.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Xeon CPU +1 It's basically i7-4770. The build looks great but I wish you've gotten atleast a Gtx 950 and a better PSU, it was cheap I understand but still.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points
  • YEAAA, THAT'S A BUDGET BUILD AGAIN:

  • +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You might have wanted to go with a more powerful power supply because you might want to add something in the future and not have enough power. If or When that happens you will have to buy a new power supply. Just a suggestion.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

In response to a few comments: I got a 750ti because I honestly don't need any more gpu power right now. But if I do decide to do a lot of gaming, I'll probably upgrade to a more powerful gpu. For PSU: Yeah, I know. I probably will change PSU's if I need the horsepower.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU is just too much for this build imo

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 because I finally don't feel like the first person who cares more about aesthetics. Tips: An i5 would be fine for this build because you most likely will not be using the full power of a Xeon. Use that saved money to get a better GPU (you can't now cuz u bought it but shhhh) The psu is actually good up to a GTX 960 but after that (or if you get an AMD) you should have at least 550 - 600w The case is what i am going to be using for my next build and from what i've heard the only bad thing are the flimsy drive trays. (these can be screwed on to get rid of that problem so its perfect) You actually made a smart decision getting a more expensive board because it = good looks, good support of higher end cpus later, and good looks. (I would prefer an Asus board but eh)

Other than that noice! :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I enjoyed reading. I have a feeling this won't be your last build.

  • 45 months ago
  • -1 points

I'd upgrade to a 950 or 960, and a Xeon is good, but it's mostly for workstations.

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

A xeon will game exactly the same as an i7 because it IS an i7 without the iGPU.

  • 45 months ago
  • -1 points

Asthetics based build

uses stock cooler

Facepalm, not really a bad build but what is the use of this PC? It isnt really a gamer with a 750Ti at this price point

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Please, be kind with him, maybe he likes the PC as it's now.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Im not trying to be mean, I just want to know what the use of the build is and why a stock cooler is being used in an 'asthetics based build' since it is pretty ugly

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I realized that. I don't need much more cooling and I am going to take off the sticker and fix the cable so that it looks better. Also, I see what you mean for aesthetics based build. Sure, I could've gone all out with all these things to make it look super nice, but (in my opinion) there's a limit on how much I can spend on these things considering the actual power of the build.

So when I say aesthetics based build, try to think more color-coordinated build. Anyways, thank you for the critique.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok, I understand. Lots of people including myself have budget constraints but could you explain the purpose of this build?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Basically, it's a workstation that I'll use for numerous tasks. It also has a 750ti that I'll use to do some light gaming.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean it looks way better than most air coolers (Hyper 212s and tall coolers in general with the exception of the Cooler Master V8 GTS) and can't fit a water cooler in the budget so i would actually say he made the right choice.